The Patriots turned some heads when they elected to take a linebacker with their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. With the great core group of Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, and Dont'a Hightower, the team hardly needed add to the position. They did though and chose Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins. We aren't jumping to conclusions, but Spikes' contract is due to expire next offseason.... so is it possible that the Patriots are willing to let him walk?

It is probably safe to say that they drafted Collins, obviously because is a great player, but also because they may not be willing to pay the money that Spikes could demand. Coming out of his rookie contract, Spikes will likely want a significant pay raise, something that the Patriots have scarcely handed out. Though his pass coverage is a major weakness, Spikes is one of the best in the league at stopping the run. A very valuable asset and this claim could aid in his demand for a higher salary.

We know that coach Bill Belichick has high praise for the young linebacker, even challenging him in a heart-to-heart conversation. The legendary defensive guru sat Spikes down and posed the simple yet so heart-hitting question, "Do you know how good you can be?" Spikes got the message and since has been on a mission to fulfill the potential that he now realizes he possesses.

In the end though, the NFL is a business. Sometimes a few different numbers can cause relationships to end (Adam Vinatieri). Even still, football seasons are long, grueling and can be altered in just one play. Injuries and situations could change the stance between Spikes and the Patriots, but by the look of things now, this could be Brandon Spikes' last season in a Patriots jersey.

Anthony Aidonidis

Anthony Aidonidis 8/15/2013 03:27:00 PM Edit

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